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Influenza: Winter 2012/2013

03:33 EDT 19 Sep 2012 | Anya de Iongh

Any doctors surgery in the UK, like I am sure all across the northern hemisphere, has a prominent Flu warning poster – it is that time of year again. This annual event in the healthcare calendar, flu vaccinations and the flu epidemic fears – it happens every year, but what is going to changing the way it happens in the future?
• Managing flu epidemics crosses all boundaries in healthcare: vaccinations; public health; respiratory medicine; primary and secondary care; infectious disease control as well as political; making it a very complicated problem, increased also by the scale of the problem and the large numbers affected.
• The vaccine is ever-evolving in an arms race against the influenza vaccine, and the manufacturing process reflects that – several different techniques exist, from egg/cell culture propagation to recombinant protein or DNA based vaccines. This report details the different vaccines available and their manufacturing techniques
• The different strategy required for seasonal and pandemic influenza are stark, and outlines in this report

The Influenza Congress USA in November looks to be an interesting event, but also illustrates the commercial focus on influenza as a market, something reflected in the interest big pharma take in small start-ups with influenza pipelines (read more here)

Key Terms: Influenza, vaccines and Public health

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